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Goldeyes sign pitcher Alex De La Cruz
Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney knows you can never have enough pitching at any level of baseball.
And the Fish skipper has landed a powerful hurler to his stable with the signing of rookie right-hander Alex De La Cruz.
The 22-year-old Puerto Rican has spent the last two seasons in the Texas Rangers organization after initially being signed as a free agent and went 2-0 with a 0.46 ERA in 10 bullpen appearances for Class A Short Season Spokane of the Northwest League last summer. De La Cruz also picked up a save and had a juicy 5.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio as he fanned 20 batters and walked only four in 19 2/3 innings of work.
He’s a young power arm," Forney said in a release. "His velocity is anywhere from 91-93 miles per hour and has occasionally been seen up to 95 miles per hour. With that velocity and a good breaking ball, he has the ability to have some big-time success in our league."
In his first season of pro ball, De La Cruz was the closer for the Rangers’ Dominican League squad, making 18 appearances while going 4-2 with a 1.93 ERA and posting nine saves.
The Goldeyes now have 21 players signed for the 2014 season, including 10 pitchers and 11 position players.
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